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Museum is now open 

Sundays 2-4 P.M. 

Do visit! 

It is a pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon and we always enjoy meeting members and friends. In addition to viewing the exhibits, you might choose:

  • to sit and look through binders of class photos from years gone by in Bethlehem Schools;
  • enjoy a collection of black and white photos taken around town in the 1940's;
  • have some fun by trying to solve pictural scavenger hunts that challenge you to locate details in the exhibits;
  • and for kids of all ages, there is a touch table holding interesting objects that were once in everyday use. 

The Town of Bethlehem

Historical Association

P.O. Box 263

1003 River Road

Selkirk, NY 12158


[email protected]

New For 2022!

Local Lights

Local Lights is a series of monthly reflections by Bethlehem Historical Association members and friends.

This month’s reflection is 

Cold Case: A Chilling Tale of a Community Business

By BHA Trustee John Smolinsky

Click here for the story!

Current Exhibit

The Life and Times of Anna Hoffman Clapper

The Clapper family saved things - lots of things. They kept letters, receipts, greeting cards, clothing, schoolbooks - all matter of things. Fortunately, the beneficiary of the estate, granddaughter Barbara Wells, recognized the historic value of those seemingly mundane, day to day items and has donated much of it to the museum.

This rich collection, along with Barbara's firsthand memories, has enabled us to present a detailed look at the long life of Anna Hoffman Clapper. 

Click here for details of this unique exhibit. 


Volunteers Needed!

We need volunteers to support our programs. There are opportunities to fit a variety of schedules and interests and are a critical part of what we do. 

We are ALL volunteers. We even have an opening for a volunteer to schedule volunteers!

If interested in learning more, please e-mail us.

[email protected]

We will get back to you right away to answer your questions and talk about the possibilities.

Bethlehem's Comprehensive Plan

Bethlehem is updating its comprehensive plan. There is a reason why it is called the comprehensive plan. It affects almost every facet of the town for the next fifteen years or more.

As members of the historical association, we need to pay attention to how the plan addresses the town's historic buildings and sites. Establishment of an historic preservation commission in the updated plan would ensure that such buildings are recognized, properly documented, and given serious consideration if threatened.

Stay Informed!

Drive-It-Yourself Tour

Try a Drive-It-Yourself Tour of historic places in the Town of Bethlehem. The tour was developed in 2010 -- 

but after a decade, even if you have driven in before, it's time to revisit.  

Tour directions can be found in Outings


There is a new cookbook on sale at I Love Books.

They are $10 each.

Copies can also be purchased by contacting

Wendy Brandow (518) 767-0716 or Linda Schacht (518) 767-2924

We appreciate the support of all those who contributed recipes and helped to get this book together.

Books by Town Historian

Susan Leath

Available at local bookstores